Sockeye Salmon with Northwest Coffee Rub

Coffee grounds are an unusual ingredient but add an earthy flavor to this spice rubbed salmon. This recipe is great grilled but it’s also a delicious basic baked salmon recipe. Learn how to grill salmon with our Salmon Cooking Guide.

Servings: 4-6

Cook Time: 25 mins.


1 tablespoon finely ground coffee

1 tablespoon ground coriander

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 tablespoon granulated garlic

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1-1/2 pounds sockeye salmon, fresh or thawed

Heavy-duty aluminum foil

Cooking spray


Heat grill to 375F. Mix rub ingredients together well. Remove salmon from refrigerator. Cut 2 pieces of wide, heavy-duty aluminum foil about 6 inches longer than the salmon side. Stack the foil pieces (shiny side down) on a baking sheet and spray generously with cooking spray. Place the salmon, skin side down, in the middle of the foil. Fold the foil sides and ends up (1-2 inches) to make a shallow pan around the salmon, leaving at least a 1-inch margin around the fish.

Rub/pat about 1 teaspoon rub on each salmon portion or 1-2 tablespoons onto salmon side. Let the rub rest on the salmon about 10 minutes before cooking.

Carefully transfer the foil pan to the center of the preheated grill. Do not cover the salmon with foil or close the foil over the salmon. Close grill cover and cook for 10-13 minutes, cooking just until fish is lightly translucent in the center – it will finish cooking from retained heat. Remove from the grill and let rest a few minutes before serving.

Cook’s Tips:

  • Check salmon for doneness at 10 minutes.

  • To add a bright flavor, serve with lemon and orange wedges for squeezing over the top after cooking.

  • Leftover rub can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Variation: Roast in an oven preheated to 375F, cooking 12-15 minutes, until lightly translucent in the center. Be sure to let the salmon rest a few minutes before serving.

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